Assoc Prof Dr Jessica Hemberg - Well-being and loneliness of adolescents and youth - Best Researcher Award 

Åbo Akademi University - Finland

Author Profile

Early Academic Pursuits

Assoc Prof Dr Jessica Anne Viveka Hemberg began her academic journey by obtaining a degree as a Public Health Nurse (PHN) and a Registered Nurse (RG) from The Swedish Polytechnic in Vaasa, completing both in 2003. She then pursued a Master of Healthcare (Msc) at Åbo Akademi University, specializing in Caring Science, and earned her degree in 2007. Her academic pursuits continued with a PhD in Health Sciences, majoring in Caring Science, at Åbo Akademi University, with the completion of her doctoral studies in Vaasa on May 8, 2015. Later, she achieved the title of Docent in Caring Science on October 15, 2019.

Professional Endeavors

After completing her PhD, Assoc Prof Dr Hemberg took on various roles, including working full-time as a postgraduate researcher and part-time as a lecturer/teacher at the Centre for Lifelong Learning and the Open University at Åbo Akademi University from 2010 to 2014. During this period, she taught subjects such as workplace psychology, leadership and organizational psychology, and healthcare administration. Hemberg also contributed to caring science education by teaching as an hourly paid teacher and supervising Master’s theses.

Contributions and Research Focus

Assoc Prof Dr Hemberg has made substantial contributions to research, particularly in Caring Science. Her research leadership includes projects such as "Young in the Northern Nordic Region," "Multiprofessional Cooperation in a School Context and Health-Promoting Student Care for Children and Youth," and "Loneliness Among Young People in Swedish Finland." These projects have received significant funding, showcasing the impact and importance of her work.

Accolades and Recognition

Assoc Prof Dr Jessica Anne Viveka Hemberg has received notable recognition for her outstanding contributions to research. She was awarded the Per Brahe Prize in 2022 by Åbo Akademi Foundation for successful research, emphasizing her high research activity and continued relevance in her field. Additionally, her article "Caring ethics as the foundation for cultural competence" was the editor's choice in December 2020 in the Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences.

Impact and Influence

Assoc Prof Dr Hemberg's impact extends beyond academia to societal and organizational levels. She has been a project leader and board member in various organizations, contributing to projects focused on mental health, youth well-being, and care organization. Her involvement in national and international conferences, webinars, and as a manuscript reviewer for scientific journals demonstrates her influence in the academic community.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Assoc Prof Dr Jessica Anne Viveka Hemberg has left a substantial legacy through her extensive publication record, leadership in research projects, and teaching experience. Her commitment to promoting well-being and competence is evident in her roles as a senior university lecturer and subject manager. Looking forward, her continued involvement in research, teaching, and leadership positions suggests a lasting impact on Caring Science and related fields.

Notable publication

Jessica Hemberg – Well-being and loneliness of adolescents and youth – Best Researcher Award 

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